10 Facts About Anglo-Saxon Chronicle


Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals in Old English, chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons.

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Almost all of the material in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is in the form of annals, by year; the earliest are dated at 60 BC, and historical material follows up to the year in which the chronicle was written, at which point contemporary records begin.

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The section containing the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is preceded by King Alfred's Old English translation of Orosius's world history, followed by a menologium and some gnomic verses of the laws of the natural world and of humanity.

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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle gives dates and genealogies for Northumbrian and Mercian kings, and provides a list of Wessex bishops; these are likely to have had separate sources.

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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle grew out of the tradition of the Easter Tables, drawn up to help the clergy determine the dates of feasts in future years: a page consisted of a sequence of horizontal lines followed by astronomical data, with a space for short notes of events to distinguish one year from another.

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For example, between 514 and 544 the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle makes reference to Wihtgar, who is supposedly buried on the Isle of Wight at "Wihtgar's stronghold" and purportedly gave his name to the island.

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Anglo-Saxon Chronicle's account is often similar to that of [D], though there is less attention paid to Margaret of Scotland, an identifying characteristic of [D].

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Anglo-Saxon Chronicle had sources which have not been identified, and some of his statements have no earlier surviving source.

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Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is the most important source for the history of England in Anglo-Saxon times.

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An important early printed edition of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle appeared in 1692, by Edmund Gibson, an English jurist and divine who later became Bishop of Lincoln.

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